Let’s Make a Vintage Valentine Banner +Free Printable

Hi there! Welcome to the Vintage Valentine’s Day Blog Hop sponsored by talented Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home. If you’ve arrived here via my sweet friend Linda at Itsy Bits and PIeces, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to make a so-simple-I’m-a-bit-embarrassed-to-blog-about-it vintage Valentine banner. 

At the end of the post, I’ll send you on your way to the next blog in the hop, but you’ll also find links to ALL the participants β‡“⇓.

Other Valentine projects you may enjoy: glittery vintage-inspired hearts, vintage Valentine sweater wreath, and tart tin love birds.

Lets make a Vintage Valentine Banner adirondackgirlatheart.com If you’re looking for a little something bright and cheerful to acknowledge the LOVE holiday, but you want it to be super-simple because, well, just because, then this is the project for you.

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Materials

Print & Cut Vintage Valentines 

vintage black scottie dog valentine agains vintage ironstoneStep 1: Download the Valentine images from the Member Library (instructions inside the Library).

Step 2: Print them out on good quality paper. I recommend matte presentation paper because it has a nice surface that makes whatever you’re printing look professional.

Step 3: Cut out each of the Valentines. (I find this step very therapeutic–takes me right back to Kindergarten, LOL.)

Cut Baker’s Twine

Red & White Baker's TwineStep 4: Cut a piece of baker’s twine long enough to hold however many Valentines you plan on using.

Hang Valentines

 

 

side view of vintage valentine garlandStep 5: Attach your Valentines to the twine using the mini-clothespins.

Display Valentines

vintage valentine garland at top of vintage chalkboardStep 6: Hang them in the location of your choosing! As you can see, I hung mine on my antique chalkboard.

vintage valentine garland on Vintage chalkboard that says loveIt adds just enough color and cheer to bring a smile to your lips. [Please excuse all of the chalk dust finger and palm prints I left on the frame, LOL.]

Side view of vintage valentine garland hanging from antique ironstone cupboardI decided to try it out on my ironstone corner cupboard.

Vintage bottle brush trees and wreaths among antique ironstone Did you notice that I left up some of my “woodland forest-y” Christmas decorations? 

Well, truth be told, most of my Christmas decorations are still up. However, all of the Christmas bins stand ready in my front parlor (that’s fancy for living room), and Christmas will come down before Valentine’s Day. I promise. Myself. I made that promise to myself. Yes indeed I did, and you can hold me to it.

vintage valentines agains vintage ironstoneIn any event, I thought the white bottle brush decorations complimented my Valentine banner nicely, and since I’m still living in a winter wonderland (Upstate New York), it seemed appropriate to leave them up. Brrr.

vintage valentines agains vintage ironstoneI shrunk the cards in size to fit them all on one page and because I was looking to create a smaller rather than larger banner. You could print two pages and make a longer banner, if you’d like.

Front view of vintage valentine garland hanging from antique ironstone cupboardI picked out the cutest 1940-50’s era cards that I had in stock for this project. They’ve all been since sold via eBay where they are very popular.

Other ways you can use these Valentines:

  1. Use them as intended–as greeting cards. Send one to someone you love.
  2. Put one in your sweet husband’s (or your children’s) lunch.
  3. Decorate a white wreath with them. (Here’s one I made.)

Vintage Valentine garland hanging from antique ironstone cupboard A vintage touch of color for  the holiday is just what I was going for. Vintage sellers, this project is an easy way to add some festivity to your antique booth. Slap a price on it and someone might even buy it!

For more info about buying, selling, and collecting vintage Valentines, this resource looks pretty great: Valentine Treasury: A Century of Valentine Cards. The publisher, Schiffer, puts out some good quality resources for antique lovers. 

Please take advantage of my free Valentine printable and use them in any way you wish. They were just too cute to keep to myself!

I hope you’ll take some time to visit my sweet friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction, along with the other creative gals below:

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Bye for now,

Diana

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I’d love it if you’d pin for later–

vintage valentines with text: make the cutest Valentine banner ever with these vintage Valentines

Lets make a Vintage Valentine Banner adirondackgirlatheart.com

 

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42 Comments

  1. Super cute and simple idea for a Valentine banner. I may have to try this on my chalkboard as well. Pinning!

  2. So, so, cute Diana! I adore Vintage Valentines. It makes my heart happy to be joining you on this hop! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. I’m blessed to have my Dad’s valentines from his grade school years. He would be 110 years old so they have some age on them. I have a string across our TV cabinet and I put his valentines and others I have collected across there. I also use this string for other cards so seeing these makes me happy. So glad you shared this; thanks so much!!

    1. That is a real blessng, Sharon, to have your Dad’s old Valentines πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed seeing mine–Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  4. Very cute! Like Sharon, I have valentines that belonged to my grandfather in the book they used to have just for that purpose. I will be sending them to someone else in the family, but I want to scan them first. The antique versions are too beautiful not to keep !

    1. It’s so special to have all of your grandfather’s Valentines, Patty. Scanning is a great way to preserve them, share them with other family members, and use them for projects. Good luck with the scanning!

    1. Thanks so much Terrie–glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ It’s been a very fun blog hop; I’ve enjoyed discovering new-to-me blogs. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  5. This is so creative and festive, Diana! Your collection of ironstone is beautiful and I love how you used the bottle brushes too. All of your displays are totally fabulous. Hugs, CoCo

  6. I honestly had no idea you could print these out. They look so authentically vintage! The phrases they used back then are so cheesy and perfect for a smile and what an adorable banner! Loved hopping with you today!

    1. Hi Cindy–thanks so much for popping in! It’s been fun getting to know new-to-me bloggers πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the post–

  7. Diana, it may be simple, but the sweet Valentines makes it adorable! I ove it strung across the ironstone cabinet.
    hugs,
    Jann

  8. I’ve always loved your vintage Valentines. I haven’t come across any, but maybe I should start looking for them? The banner is adorable. xo Kathleen

  9. Love your sweet Valentines. I have a bag full also but they are at home and not able to decorate in our little home away from home so I have enjoyed seeing all your fun ideas. I do have a weakness for them. Blessings, Terry

  10. Diana, it’s so good to see you again ~ even if it’s just virtually. All your Valentine’s are so sweet. I can’t believe that you made them into printables You are so smart!! Love the idea of hanging them with clothspins. That is another cute vintage touch. Take care up north.

    1. And great to see you, too, Carol! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and bless you for calling me “smart,” LOL. Love that encouragement πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve been able to avoid most of the bad weather. May our paths cross again some day in real life!

  11. Diana,
    Your vintage Valentines bring back wonderful memories from sharing similar Valentines in elementary school. Thanks for sharing yours as printables.

    Happy Valentine’s Day,

    Judith

  12. Adorable, Diana! The most simple projects are usually the most popular;) How wonderful that you put those cute cards in your member library. I’ve got a couple that I pull out each year and pop in some flower frogs on the windowsill.

  13. You have created the sweetest vintage Valentine’s banner! You have inspired me to collect some vintage cards and create one next year. It has been so much fun being on the hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  14. Hi Diana! Just stopping back by to say hi and congratulations on having your adorable banner featured in the Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Newsletter! I was excited to be featured, but even more excited to be featured alongside you, my friend! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Aww thanks so much Amber! I need to check out the newsletter and see which of your beautiful projects is featured over at Follow the Yellow Brick Road πŸ™‚ You are such an AMAZING vintage decorator!

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